Love & Hip-Hop: ATL aired last night, and I think everyone pretty much agrees that the show is not reality at all. Between Joseline Hernandez's bad acting, and Stevie J. juggling her and his baby's mother/girlfriend, it definitely seems scripted.
Though Love & Hip-Hop, the original series that takes place in NYC, got a little crazy at times, the fighting, yelling, and immature behavior is no match for the misogyny and lifestyles portrayed by ATL's cast.
The new series has viewers up in arms against reality TV, and after just the first episode, there was a petition drawn up asking the network to stop airing it.
Is there such a thing as too much drama? At a certain point, too many extreme situations in such a small amount of time begins to look unreal. Mob Wives: Chicago, Bad Girls' Club, and Basketball Wives: LA are just a few of the other shows that have all been following this trend of drama first, reality second.
In the first episode of Love & Hip-Hop: ATL, for example, Karlie Redd meets Joseline and then "just happens" to tell a group full of girls, including Stevie J's girlfriend Mimi, that he and Joseline are a couple.
Just moments later, Joseline just happens to walk in with Stevie and a fight ensues. It's so obvious that the awkward confrontation was a set up by the show's writers.
Most of the people on these shows are women, and their actual day-to-day lives are usually larger than life, difficult, and testing - it would be so much more meaningful to show this.
When we tune into reality TV, viewers want to see the struggle and the highs and lows of the cast's lifestyles, but instead we are getting scripts loosely based off their lives.
We want to see Renee Graziano in love with a man that shocks the world as he publicly snitches on her father, and Emily B. genuinely not being able to separate herself from the love of her life, rapper Fabolous.
I'm one of the many hoping reality TV gets back to being real ... really soon.